Delight as community helps raise cash for new memorial
A SWANSEA community has rallied round to raise hundreds of pounds to cover the cost of replacing a memorial plaque which was stolen by thieves.
Donations flooded in after a fundraising appeal was launched to fund a new plaque for Treboeth cenotaph on the city's Llangyfelach Road.
The bronze memorial, which was stolen back in April, bore the 15 names of the Second World War heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Mynyddbach councillor Ceinwen Thomas, who launched the fundraising appeal, said people were left stunned by the theft and were moved to give generously to honour the city's war dead.
She said: "People in the community were outraged at the theft.
"Treboeth has one of the oldest cenotaphs in Swansea.
"We have always had a service there on Remembrance Day and we have always laid poppies there.
"It was why we wanted the appeal to have the plaque in place by Remembrance Sunday.
"It was fitted on the Friday before, after we raised £800."
She added: "Following the story in the Evening Post and on the internet, we had people outside Swansea giving donations who had moved away.
"The RAF Association and the Territorial Army along with churches in the area and the Calon Lan centre have supported us.
"The community have all pulled together to help."
She also paid tribute to the monumental mason J Cecil Jones, based in the city's Dillwyn Street, who also contributed towards the new granite plaque.
The councillor said they also took the step of replacing the plaque featuring the names of those who were lost in the First World War.
"The First World War plaque was buckled so the thieves obviously must have tried to get that off the cenotaph," she added.
"Hopefully having the plaques in granite will dissuade other people from taking them in the future.
"We never thought we would be able to raise the money for the two plaques — it's absolutely superb.
"I was overwhelmed."
She said there were more people at the Remembrance Day service than in previous years.
"There were 65 people who turned up at the cenotaph which is good," she said.
"Normally we get a crowd there but this year was exceptional.
"We had more people there than we ever had before — it was obvious people wanted to see what has been done on the cenotaph."